• Independence Day? To some, July 4 is Barbecued Spareribs Day

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    NEW YORK (AP) — To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. Anderson is the mastermind of the National Day Calendar, an online compendium of pseudo-holidays that has become a resource for TV and radio stations looking to add a little levity to their broadcasts, among others. The 52-year-old co-owner of a VHS digitizing company in North Dakota started the calendar in 2013 and soon realized the site could also be a way for people to declare their own special days. So last year, he started charging $1,500 to $4,000 for "national day" proclamations. "People certainly don't need to use us. It's just we really give it a jumpstart,"

  • Gasoline thefts in Mexico result in shortages at the pump

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state oil company says it is working to resupply gas stations in several states after days of shortages caused by an increase in fuel thefts from pipelines. Petroleos Mexicanos said in a statement Thursday that its trucks are hauling fuel to stations 24 hours a day in an effort to stem shortages in the state of Nuevo Leon. In statements earlier this week, Pemex blamed illegal taps of five different fuel pipelines for the shortages affecting several northern and western states. It said it had ordered additional gasoline imports to make up the difference. The shortages affect major urban areas including Guadalajara, Monterrey and Saltillo.

  • Lawsuits challenge railroad's authority to OK oil pipeline

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    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. government began handing out land to railroads to encourage development more than 150 years ago, but questions remain about how much control those companies have over the land. Union Pacific faces several lawsuits related to whether it had the authority to allow an oil pipeline to be built along its tracks in six states and who is entitled to the royalties that are worth more than $14 million a year. University of Florida law professor Danaya Wright says sorting out whether Union Pacific controls the land might require a detailed review to determine whether the railroad bought the land or received it as part of a federal grant. Union Pacific plans to defend itself against the lawsuits.

  • Radioactivity detected in 2 places at Czech nuclear plant

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    PRAGUE (AP) — An official says low radioactivity has been unexpectedly detected in two places outside one of the two reactors at a Czech nuclear power plant. Temelin plant spokesman Marek Svitak says the radioactivity was at very low levels and poses no safety threat. The reactor where radioactivity was detected is currently shut down for planned maintenance. Svitak said Friday the Czech nuclear authority and authorities in nearby Austria have been informed. Environmentalists in Austria have demanded that the plant be closed because of security concerns, but Czech authorities insist it is safe.

  • Board to review Atlantic City Electric's storm response

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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities is reviewing Atlantic City Electric's response to a recent power failure that affected about 280,000 people. The review comes after lawmakers wrote the agency to complain about the utility's response to the storm. But a spokesman for the board tells NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1Kxuwu8) such a review is standard protocol. A spokesman for the utility says the company will perform its own internal review and will work with the state agency to address any questions. Atlantic City Electric spokesman Frank Tedesco said the utility restored power to more than 100,000 customers within a day of the storm and had 1,600 personnel in the field to address the failure.

  • Camping ban eased on some WMAs in oil patch for holiday

    Yesterday

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is lifting an overnight camping ban on Tuesday and Wednesday for some wildlife management areas in the western oil path next week due to the Fourth of July holiday. The camping restrictions are aimed at people who take shelter in the areas because of a housing shortage in the region. Camping still is prohibited every day of the week at some wildlife management areas. Details can be found at www.gf.nd.gov .

  • APNewsBreak: Ohio looks overseas in search for lethal drugs

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ruling that banned such purchases, records show. The prison where Ohio carries out executions successfully applied for an import license from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration late last year in its search for lethal injection drugs, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request. The license expires at the end of February next year. "Law enforcement purpose," Richard Theodore, prisons agency policy adviser, said on a DEA questionnaire in November, prompted for the reason for applying.

  • US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say the government faces a challenge as it investigates possible collusion in the airline industry. It'll have to prove that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Any company can limit the supply of its own products, from airline tickets to sneakers or smartphones. But it would be illegal for airlines to work together to limit flights in order to drive up fares. The government's investigation is in its initial phases. Letters have gone out to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Together, those carriers control more than 80 percent of the domestic seats in the U.S. Now the government will review statements executives made to Wa

  • Let's make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy. Companies around the world announced mergers and acquisitions worth $2.3 trillion, according to figures from data provider Dealogic, the second-best half-year total on record and the highest amount since 2007, when $2.6 trillion of deals were announced. The tie-ups included 31 deals worth $10 billion or more, accounting for 39 percent of the total. That's the largest share since the second half of 1999, at the peak of the dot-com bubble. The second half of the year is also off to a hot start, with a $37 billion deal by Aetna Inc. to buy fellow insurer Humana Inc. announced early Friday.

  • US official: China, US working to end ivory trade

    Yesterday

    BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China want to increase cooperation in fighting wildlife trafficking and are working to end commercial ivory trading, a U.S. Cabinet secretary said Friday. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met in Beijing with Vice Premier Wang Yang and Forestry Administration head Zhao Shucong. She said both officials expressed that the Chinese government intends to end ivory trade in China, the world's top market for illegal ivory. Critics have long argued that the legal ivory market in China has provided a cover for a thriving black market that has been blamed for the poaching of wild African elephants.

  • Insurer Aetna agrees to buy competitor Humana in deal valued at $37B

    Yesterday

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Insurer Aetna agrees to buy competitor Humana in deal valued at $37B.

  • BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

    Yesterday

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP is preparing to pay a record $18.7 billion to affected states. The oil giant hopes the settlement announced Thursday will bring an end to a long-running legal drama. The company said the settlement would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion. The new settlement will be paid out over 18 years. The Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010 killed 11 rig workers and spewed millions of gallons of crude across the Gulf Coast. The Justice Department said the agreement would be the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history. It must still go through a public comments period and be approved by a j

  • Company town? In Seattle, some fret over Amazon's growth

    Yesterday

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again. Thickets of yellow cranes have crowded the skyline, where new glass-sided office buildings, hotels and apartment towers blot out views of the mountains and the Space Needle. Food trucks dot the streets and young software engineers with disposable income fill the bars. But the boom has brought handwringing, as residents fret over whether Seattle has become a traffic-snarled city for the rich with soaring rental rates, overly dependent on the company behind it all: Amazon.

  • NY environmental groups pushing solar installations

    Yesterday

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental groups along the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley say they are launching campaigns this month to help homeowners and small businesses add solar energy installations using financial incentives. Organizers say the campaigns are supported by nonprofit Renewable-NY with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. They say group-purchase discounts, ranging from 10 to 20 percent, are available that expire this fall. Southern Tier Solar Works is aimed at Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Steuben counties. In the Hudson Valley, Solarize Goshen, Warwick, Woodstock, Beacon and Rosendale is rolling out a similar campaign. Other regions have s

  • China stocks extend rout; Greece weighs on Asia sentiment

    Yesterday

    HONG KONG (AP) — China's main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China tumbled as much as 7 percent in morning trading but losses moderated by the afternoon, when it was down 3.2 percent to 3,787.91, putting it on track to end the week 16 percent lower. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.1 percent to 26,249.27 while Japan's Nikkei 225 edged up 0.1 percent to 20,546.92. South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.1 percent to 2,105.95 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 retreated 1.2 percent to 5,534.50.

  • China stocks plunge as market rout deepens

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) — China's main stock benchmark plunged more than 5 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China tumbled 6.1 percent to 3,676.12 and is down nearly 18 percent for the week. Hong Kong's Hang Send lost 0.4 percent to 26,189.62 while Japan's Nikkei 225 was off 0.4 percent to 20,449.43. South Korea's Kospi fell 0.5 percent to 2,096.57 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 retreated 1.6 pecent to 5,511.10.

  • Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said in a statement Thursday that the cable and satellite channel acquired the rights because of a belief that the pageant and the women who compete in it "are an integral part of American tradition." "As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere," Hubbard said.

  • OSHA investigating Kansas oil field death

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A federal agency is investigating the death of a 30-year-old oil field worker in central Kansas. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a release late Thursday the agency's Wichita office will investigate the June 30 death of the worker, whose name was not released. OSHA says the worker was an employee of Klima Well Service Inc., an oil field pumping unit service, and was working at well site near Great Bend on June 30 when he was found unresponsive on a hot day. OSHA says Klima Well Service Inc. was cited in 2006 after a worker was electrocuted at an oil well site near Ellinwood. The company was also fined $4,000.

  • Ocean City retains title as New Jersey's most popular beach

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — The winner and still champion of New Jersey's Top Ten Beaches contest is ... Ocean City! The southern New Jersey beach town that bills itself as "America's Greatest Family Resort" was named the state's most popular beach for the second straight year Thursday. It also won in 2009. Ocean City is known for its popular boardwalk, amusement rides and mini golf courses, restaurants and bayfront boating and water sports. This year, Ocean City won the online vote for best beach; best day-trip beach; best family vacation beach; and top beach for ecotourism. It is a dry town, where the sale of alcohol is prohibited. Many residents and vacationers say that contributes to the family friendly reputati

  • Judge rejects ex-Goldman board member's bid for exoneration

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble board member was told Thursday that he can't use a court's ruling in another case to nullify his insider-trading conviction. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan rejected Rajat Gupta's request that he be allowed to piggyback on a federal appeals court's ruling that wiped out the insider-trading convictions of two financiers in December. He called the request "both too late and too little." Gupta, 66, of Westport, Connecticut, is serving a two-year prison term after his 2012 conviction on conspiracy and securities fraud charges.




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